What kind of government structure did the Articles of Confederation create?

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The Articles of Confederation, adopted by the Continental Congress on November 15th, 1777, and ratified by all thirteen states on March 1st, 1781, described a decentralized system of governance in which political power was more strongly rooted in the individual states than it was in the federal government. The Articles...

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The Articles of Confederation, adopted by the Continental Congress on November 15th, 1777, and ratified by all thirteen states on March 1st, 1781, described a decentralized system of governance in which political power was more strongly rooted in the individual states than it was in the federal government. The Articles of Confederation, then, opposes the system of governance that currently exists under the US Constitution, in which the strongest political power, decision-making, and administration is rooted in the centralized federal government. Under the Articles of Confederation, states existed as sovereign states under a confederation. Under this system, the federal state did not have the power to create laws. Instead, it had only the power to regulate foreign affairs, war, the postal service, the appointment of military officers, and some issues of monetary affairs and loaning. Therefore, laws could vary significantly from state to state.

Additionally, the federal government did not have any material power to enforce the limited amount of power it supposedly had. Many citizens of varying stripes were rightly wary of creating a centralized government that had enough power to become tyrannical. Of course, this is arguably what has occurred since then; we currently live under a centralized government that incarcerates more people per capita than any other nation in the world.

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